The Right Materials For Covering & Protecting Your Patio

A typical patio will set you back between $2,000 and $8,000, according to Fixr. As you’d expect this cost varies depending on your location, patio size, and the materials used. But it’s safe to say that it’s a sizable sum of money. Therefore, you want to be able to use it all year round and keep it in top condition, which is why you should opt for a patio with a cover, such as a pergola. However, you must make sure you use the right roofing materials.

Waterproof fabric canopy

The beauty of a fabric canopy is that it looks stylish and elegant. They’re also good at blocking out UV rays and sunlight, so you can remain safe from the sun while enjoying your patio. Low cost options include fabric canopies fixed in place. A more expensive, but versatile choice is a retractable canopy that keeps the fabric taut when the patio is covered over. When the patio is opened up, the fabric usually hangs in soft folds around the frame of your pergola. If you’re not sure which option is right for you, the iScape app will allow you to envision what both styles will look like, so you can make an informed decision.

Metal materials

Tin and metal are heavy duty materials that will fully protect your patio if you choose to cover it over with one of them. Their durability means you don’t have to worry about rain, ice, or snow damaging the patio you so carefully designed. Standing seam metal roofing is pleasant to look at and is made from aluminium or steel sheets. They’re typically the most common type of metal roof and last for up to 75 years, so you’re unlikely to have to replace them. One thing to think about with metal is the noise rain will make on it. Some people find it quite soothing, but others may not be so fond of it.

Plastic sheeting

A pergola roof made from plastic sheeting can be a more affordable choice. Plastic sheeting is good as it lets in a significant amount of light. However, they are prone to breaking, especially in bad weather, such as hail. An alternative but more costly option is polycarbonate panels. Polycarbonate is almost 100% UVA and UVB resistant, so there won’t be any sun damage to your patio or its furniture. They’re also lightweight, which makes them easy to transport and put up. Polycarbonate is used to make CDs and DVDs, which are almost unbreakable, so you can see how strong the material is. If you’re in any doubt about whether plastic roofing is right to cover over your patio, tell us more about your project and we’ll arrange for a designer to get in contact with you, so you can be sure your final product is the best it can be.

It’s important to protect your newly-built patio with a good-looking and effective roof. For best results, carefully think about the roofing material you use and weigh up all your options.

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